About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
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Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart, eBook original romance from RITA finalist and bestselling author Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, “about last night” is just the beginning.
Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she’s made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.
Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine—even her name turns him on—with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.
When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?
About Last Night was a surprisingly good read. It was my one book club pick for this month and when I saw that I was not very excited to start reading. I had seen it on sale or something sometime in the past few months and remembered looking at it and giving it a pass. The cover + synopsis = no go for me. Really the cover is what pushed it over the edge to not going to download it for me. Then I started reading and I was positive I somehow got the wrong book. The story, the writing, everything just didn't fit that cover. I was so sure I had the wrong story, like there was a mix up with the files or something, that I thought about purchasing it from another site to see if I got the correct one. I just couldn't get the cover to jive with what I was reading, but apparently I did not get the wrong book. It was the correct story, the correct file, it was what it was. So that cover is just not very good. It doesn't fit the story at all. I know half naked guys sell or something, but this story is not being represented. This is a sweet story that I might have downloaded and read earlier had it not had that horrible cover.
Cath has made a lot of mistakes in her life. She has done things she is not proud of, caused her mother to worry, she just doesn't like her past. She is determined to be Cath 2.0 - new and improved and not making the same mistakes. One of those mistakes was men. She has horrible taste in men and she has sworn them off. It has been two years and she is doing well, working at the museum, avoiding relationships, just trying to keep herself going. Everything was perfect until one night she gets drunk and ends up in City's place.
City, aka Nev, is a guy Cath always saw on the subway platform. He is dressed like a banker and she thinks how he would be this boring nice guy. When he sees Cath drunk at the subway station he helps her home, only she won't tell him where home is so he takes her back to his place. He has seen Cath around and has been interested in her, but she is this little ball of fury that intimidates him. He just doesn't think she would ever give him the time of day.
When Cath wakes up in Nev's place things were a little awkward. They don't even know each others names, but they are definitely attracted to each other. Cath tries to just stay away - if she likes him there must be something wrong with him. Only he keeps being a nice guy and she doesn't know what to do. Things do get a bit hot and heavy, but Cath is determined to not date him even though she wants to. A lot of the book is Nev trying to get closer to Cath and Cath trying to stay away, but failing. She likes Nev and he makes it really hard to stick with her no dating thing. They have a bit of an unusual relationship since she is always trying to run and he is always trying to get her to stay, but they were cute together. I did start getting annoyed with Cath since she was always being so hurtful towards Nev, always telling him no, then sticking around anyway. She would get all worked up about nothing and keep telling herself she can't do this because of her past, which I wish was revealed a lot sooner. For most of the book you are like Nev, left in the dark. And when it was revealed what she did, what was so horrible she can't be with anyone anymore, it was a bit of a let down. She was just a kid and dealing with a lot and didn't always make the right decisions. It didn't seem that bad and so I would get annoyed with her for constantly being like no, I can't because of my past!!
Eventually everything does work out, and overall it was a good read. I enjoyed the writing style, it felt very cozy while reading. The end was a bit too contrived for me (I don't believe that some of the characters would suddenly just change so much and suddenly be accepting of things they previously were not and I didn't like what Nev did at the end), but it was a good read. I would be interested in reading more of the authors work to see what they are like. Definitely disregard what you think this book will be based on that cover. It is just a sweet story of two people trying to make things work.
Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2